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Announcements for the weeks of Jan. 26 and Feb. 2

Personal Announcements

A message from President Di Pasquale

The talents of our students, faculty and staff once again will be on display during "All College Week 2015." The week will begin with our ninth annual Community Service Day on April 7 and conclude with our first CCRI 5K on April 11. Committees are hard at work putting together events that will comprise a week to remember. More details and registration for several of these events will be available soon. The week's program includes:

Tuesday, April 7: Community Service Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at several statewide nonprofit organizations to be announced soon.

Wednesday, April 8: The 10th annual Wellness Fair welcomes students, faculty, staff and the public to explore issues concerning their health from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

Thursday, April 9: We will celebrate the diversity of our CCRI community during Cultural Awareness Day at the Liston Campus in Providence.

Friday, April 10: The 13th annual faculty and staff Professional Development Day will feature my address and more than 60 sessions of personal, professional and academic importance from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Of particular interest this year is the debut of a documentary, "Miracle on Promenade," created in celebration of our 50th anniversary year.

Saturday, April 11: Join us for the college's first 5K run/walk and kids' 1K fun run at 10 a.m. at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. Money raised will fund student book scholarships. Online registration is underway. Learn more.

This promises to be an exciting time for our community, and I invite all to participate in as many events as they can and share in this experience. I look forward to enjoying All College Week with you and members of the CCRI family.

Thank you

I would like to thank my friends at CCRI for the many kind expressions of sympathy during the recent loss of my dear mother, Dorothy Salisbury. Your thoughtfulness will always be remembered.

-- Mona Coppola

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New Announcements

John Robitaille to speak

JohnRobitailleJohn Robitaille will speak at a discussion held by the the CCRI Knight Leaders at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 3, in Room 1134 at the Knight Campus in Warwick. The talk will focus on leadership and politics. Robitaille is the executive in residence at the Johnson & Wales University Larry Friedman International Center for Entrepreneurship. He has a number of years of leadership and business experience. Robitaille served in the U.S. Army, worked for Fortune 100 companies and served as the senior communications advisor to Gov. Donald L. Carcieri.

All are welcome to attend and join in the dialogue.

Career and Internship Office spring workshops

CCRI's Career and Internship Offices at the Flanagan, Liston and Newport County campuses will offer career workshops during the spring semester. All workshops are open to students and alumni, instructors are welcome to bring classes. The workshops will take place at noon on all campuses and last approximately 45 minutes.

Locations for the workshops will be the rear of the faculty dining room at the Flanagan Campus and Room 1134 at the Liston Campus on:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 10: Getting the Most Out of the Career Planning Office
  • Tuesday, March 10: Developing the Winning Résumé
  • Tuesday, April 14: Internships - Getting Your Foot in the Door

In Newport, they will be held in Room 200:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 11: Getting the Most Out of the Career Planning Office
  • Wednesday, March 11: Developing the Winning Résumé
  • Wednesday, April 15: Internships - Getting Your Foot in the Door

For more information, visit the Career and Internship Web page.

Hoot's Chalk Talk

hootenThe CCRI Department of Athletics will host "Hoot's Chalk Talk" from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3, in Room 4080 at the Knight Campus in Warwick. The program, developed by the Taylor Hooton Foundation, raises awareness and discusses the dangers of appearance- and performance-enhancing drugs. This event is free and all are welcome to attend. Visit the Athletics Web page for more information.

Blood drives

The Rhode Island Blood Center will hold blood drives at CCRI this month.

  • Knight Campus (Lower Commons): 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 27 and 28.
  • Newport County Campus (blood mobile): 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 26.

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Events This Week

A tribute to Dean Maureen McGarry

MaureenA tribute to Dean of Health and Rehabilitative Sciences Maureen McGarry, who died unexpectedly on Nov. 12, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, in the cafeteria at the Flanagan Campus. The program will include some scheduled speakers as well as time for anyone in attendance to share their memories and stories. Refreshments will follow.

Summer travel program in Italy

An informational meeting will be held regarding the summer travel program in Italy at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29, in Room 3140 at the Knight Campus in Warwick. For more information email Professor Maria Mansella.

Knight Athletics schedule

The following home matches are scheduled:

Women's basketball

  • 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28, vs. Massasoit Community College

Men's basketball

  • 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28, vs. Massasoit Community College

All home games are played at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

Blood drives

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Ongoing News and Events

Celebrating Alumni for 50 Years

celebrating alumniThe Alumni Association will host "Celebrating Alumni for 50 Years" on Thursday, March 26, at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet. The evening will honor CCRI's 64,000 alumni and awards will be presented to 26 distinguished alumni in a number of categories.

The event will include a cocktail hour, awards program, dinner and cash bar, followed by a performance by Livingston Taylor. WPRI news anchor Mike Montecalvo will serve as the master of ceremonies. Ticket cost is $75 per person. Tables of eight can be purchased for $600 and tables of 10 can be purchased for $750.

Learn more and purchase tickets to the event on the Alumni Association website.

In-state mileage rate increase

As of Jan. 1, the in-state mileage rate has been increased from .560 to .575. Please make sure to still use the .560 for December in-state travel. Anyone with questions or concerns should contact the Controller's Office at ext. 2150 or email

Art exhibition

art exhibitionAn exhibition of recent work by Roy St. C. Rossow and Art Ballelli, contemporary landscape painters, is on display at the Flanagan Campus Art Gallery through Feb. 6. A reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, in the gallery.

NETA scholarship

If you know of any CCRI student(s) who will be graduating in May or at the end of the summer sessions and will continue toward a bachelor's degree at a New England Transfer Association (NETA) affiliated school, please encourage him/her to apply for the NETA scholarship. Several scholarships are available. Click here to learn more and download the scholarship form. The submission deadline is Friday, April 10.

CCRI is a NETA member institution, so any CCRI faculty or staff can sign the form as the NETA member submitting a nomination.

CITLA spring book clubs

CITLA spring 2015 book clubs will include "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" by Carol Dweck and "My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student" by Rebekah Nathan. Be on the lookout for a notice about discussion locations and dates in the coming weeks.

CCRI 5K run/walk

CCRI 5KAs part of the 50th anniversary celebration, the college will host its first CCRI 5K run/walk on Saturday, April 11, at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. The day will include a kids' 1K fun run.

Online registration is available. General registration costs $20; for CCRI students with valid student ID, the cost is $10. The kids' 1K fun run registration fee is $5.

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Human Resources

Announcement Corner

HRIn addition to its important announcements, the Office of Human Resources wants to share good news with you on a regular basis. If you have a birth, marriage or a new hire that you would like to share with the college community, please send an email to

Spring training opportunities


The Rhode Island Higher Education Training Consortium has many opportunities for professional development. Please view the list of spring offerings listed on the Human Resources website. If you are interested in attending any of these workshops, please email Michelle O'Brien.

Another available resource is online training. Did you know that all faculty and staff have 24/7 access to from anywhere? One of the benefits of using is that you can navigate to the specific section of a course that meets your immediate needs. Most courses are broken down into three- to five-minute segments covering specific topics so you can find help with just what you need quickly.

Logging into is easy. Log on to MyCCRI and select the "For Employees" tab, scroll to the bottom right side to locate the "Employee Resources" box. Log into using the link located here with your domain user name and password.

Managing Performance Expectations Program

The R.I. Department of Administration has developed a program to train managers at all levels of state agencies to identify and communicate performance expectations to their subordinates and to turn those managerial challenges into positive results. For more information about this program, please see the Human Resources website. The next class will be held on Thursday, March 5, at the Department of Administration in Providence. Managers should email Michelle O'Brien to register for this program.

Sick leave bank for CCRIPSA members

The Professional Staff Association bargaining unit agreement contains a provision for a sick leave bank. Each year of the contract, a CCRIPSA member can voluntarily contribute one day, seven hours, of his/her sick leave balance toward the bank. If, during the year, that employee suffers a catastrophic illness or injury, he/she may request to be allowed access to the bank. A committee will determine whether the request will be approved.

If you would like to contribute a day of sick leave to the sick leave bank for 2015, please go to your online leave report in MyCCRI for the pay period Jan. 11 to 24 or Jan. 25 to Feb. 7 to donate. A leave code has been established that will allow you to donate this time only during this period. Please use the sick bank donation code to donate. If you have any questions, please call Payroll at 825-2180.

New hire

Jeanne Maria Brasil Bondarevski has been hired as an assistant controller in the Controller's Office at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

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Last Updated: 1/28/15